DSH Perfumes Alba, From Across the Alps, is in the Italian Splendor collection. The scent is inspired by a Renaissance tapestry from the late 1500’s. Alba is a warm honeyed floral that reminds me of late spring in the countryside. It reminds me of fruit trees in bloom, wildflowers and sun-warmed grasses.
Alba opens up as a bitter almond citrus with honeyed florals. I can smell the animalic notes even at initial application. It’s a waxy beeswax and indolic flowers. The florals are balanced by powdery florals like heliotrope. The perfume really is seamless at this stage – citrus florals and an almond powder. The dry down is a beautiful sandalwood with a hint of powdery, wild florals. The scent is very pretty and very DSH. It has a thickness and richness, very much like a tapestry.
Notes listed include bergamot, bitter almond, bitter orange, lemon, petitgrain, elderflower, French beeswax, Italian neroli, jasmine, jonquil, olive flower, orange flower, orris concrete, white rose, Australian sandalwood, heliotrope, Virginian cedar, and white truffle.
Give Alba a try if you like honeyed florals or powdery florals. Or if you like perfumes like Serge Lutens Chene, Tommi Sooni II, Dior Escale a Portofino, and/or Serge Lutens Datura Noir. I think this fragrance could be unisex but it does lean more towards the feminine end of the spectrum in my opinion.
Alba has average projection and average longevity.
A 10 ml EDP spray retails for $60 at DSH Perfumes. Other sizes are also available.
Victoria’s Final EauPINION – A honeyed almond floral over woods. Summer in the countryside. I really like it but there are other DSH Perfumes on my “to buy” list that are a priority. Too many on my list…
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